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23 February 2017

Oscar López Rivera Is in Puerto Rico but Under House Arrest Until His Sentence Expires

His sentence expires on May 17.

‘Pro-Russia’ Label Hounds Bulgaria's New President

"The whole theory that Radev is pro-Russia comes from his appeal to the EU to withdraw the sanctions against Moscow."

20 February 2017

Twitter Walks a Fine Line in Russia

RuNet Echo

Why does Twitter comply with Kremlin requests to censor Tweets inside Russia? It's complicated.

19 February 2017

Aussie Media Cop Criticism for Coverage of Olympic Swimming Gold Medalist's Meltdown

"Please consider the impact of sustained coverage on the #mentalhealth of a celebrity – important to be respectful." #GrantHackett

Whale-Themed ‘Suicide Groups’ Present Opportunity for Internet Crackdown in Central Asia

Global Voices Advocacy

Despite no clear link to actual suicides in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, authorities are dreaming up restrictions.

17 February 2017

Belgrade Mayor’s Ex-Wife Reignites Political Scandal With Bombshell Interview

The ex-wife of Belgrade's mayor gave a bombshell interview this week, making waves across Serbia, implicating her former husband in a political firestorm.

14 February 2017

‘Graduations from Hell': A Documentary on the Mexican Prison System Crisis

"...a small fraction of all the corruption there is in our rotten prison system."

Despite What You Read, Radiation Levels at Fukushima Daiichi Aren't ‘Soaring’

A news release from Japanese power utility TEPCO generated a number of headlines across Western media that were sorely missing context.

13 February 2017

Fake News to Be of Major Concern in French Presidential Election Campaign

Distinguishing between real and fabricated news will be challenge during the french election campaign.

Bulgaria's New President Vetoes Law That Would Have ‘Opened a Door to Corruption’

"The extension of the time limit to indefinite is a way to privatize services, rights and functions, which society guarantees to its citizens and therefore they are not for sale!"

11 February 2017

Russian Censor's Warning to Radio Station Raises Alarm, Briefly

RuNet Echo

Alarm about another crackdown on Russian media spread quickly—and briefly—yesterday, when news broke that the state media censor had warned radio station Ekho Moskvy that it could be shut down.

10 February 2017

Thai Media Groups Say Proposed Law Could Bring Total Government Control of the Press

"Government presence on a press panel and licensing of journalists are never part of a free press."

Is Tunisia Rolling Back Freedom of Information?

Global Voices Advocacy

In 2016, Tunisia introduced a law on access to information, but its implementation by the government remains limited.

Ukrainian Anti-Corruption Watchdog Catches MPs Casting Multiple Votes, Again

RuNet Echo

Knopkodavstvo, or button pushing, as the tactic is known, has plagued voting in Ukraine's parliament for years.

8 February 2017

In Iran, From Prison to Banishment for Posting Jokes on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

After completing a five-year prison sentence for Facebook posts about religion on Facebook, the Judiciary has sent Soheil Babadi into internal exile in southern Iran.

7 February 2017

‘Tambourine Army’ Gathers Recruits as Jamaicans’ Anger Over Child Sexual Abuse Grows

"I want a different kind of Jamaica for women and girls. And I hope the #TambourineArmy will create that different Jamaica that is needed."

6 February 2017

Forest Fires in Chile Set Alight Debate, Conflict and Misinformation

"Who is to blame for the fire, according to Twitter: foreigners, the Mapuche people, ISIS, Pinochet, the State, businesses, the USA."

5 February 2017

In Bangladesh, a New Online Platform to Ensure Parliamentary Accountability

"I went to the local MP's house to discuss about some issues in our neighborhood. It was 10 am and I was told that he still was asleep."

3 February 2017

After Waiting More Than a Year, Jordanian Journalist Appears Before UAE Court

Global Voices Advocacy

Journalist Tayseer Al-Najjar is on trial in the UAE over 2014 Facebook posts deemed offensive to the Emirati state.

2 February 2017

An Argentinian Fact-Checking Initiative Enters Its Seventh Year

Chequeado.com is part of a worldwide fact-checking movement, employing a strategy popularized in the United States more than a decade ago.

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